Then, follow the steps or choose the situation that best fits your needs.
Law Careers Information in Alaska
According to the Alaska Bar Association, as of 2018, there are 4419 member lawyers, most of whom work in Alaska. Having judges who don’t get elected is thought to help the state have more well-qualified judges who are consistent and have a good amount of depth.
It says that the average lawyer in Alaska makes $9451 a month, or $113,412 a year, from their job. If you want to become a lawyer in Alaska, you need to follow the steps below.
Step 1: Undergraduate Pre-Law Education in Alaska
The Alaska Bar Association is in charge of making sure that lawyers can work in the state. The rules of the Alaska Bar say that if you want to become a lawyer, you don’t need to go to school for law.
The American Bar Association (ABA) or the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) requires that you have at least a bachelor’s degree before you can go to law school. If you want to go to a law school that is approved by the ABA or AALS, you must have at least a bachelor’s degree.
An undergraduate school must be accredited by a national or regional agency that the U.S. Department of Education trusts.
All law schools, no matter how approved they are, usually require that your undergraduate school be approved by a well-known agency like the ones on this list.
Requirements and Standards
An undergraduate degree shows that you have reached a level of intellectual maturity and achievement that is required for success in law school. This shows both the ABA and the AALS that you are ready for law school.
It’s not set in stone by the ABA or the AALS what undergraduates should learn, but some courses and skills are thought to be important for future success in law school.
They also have: The ABA doesn’t set requirements or set standards for undergraduate pre-law education, and it doesn’t set requirements or set standards. If you want to be an attorney, you should know some basic things that will help you do your job. It should cover and include:
- Analytical and problem-solving skills
- Research skills
- Oral and written communication skills
- Task organization skills
- Promotion of justice
- Public service
- Management skills
- Critical reading skills
- Reading comprehension skills
The ABA and the AALS don’t say what classes you need to take in order to get a pre-law degree. The same is true for majors.
There are also some that are said to be good for this: political science and government, history, English, philosophy, business, and economics.
Pre- Law Advisor
It’s good to use the help of a pre-law advisor at your undergraduate school if they can help you choose the best courses for law school later.
The pre-law advisor knows what you’ll need to be ready for when you go to law school and can help you choose classes that will help you get there.
Step 2: Take the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) in Alaska
Before you can get into a law school that is approved by the ABA or AALS, you must pass the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Take this after you finish college.
How to prepare
The LSAT website has practice tests and sample questions that you can use to get ready for the real thing, which you can take. Sample LSAT Prep Tests from the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) are very useful and free.
Classes and courses that help you get ready for school can be very hard to find in Alaska. Preparing for the LSAT with these other materials can also help:
Classes for the LSAT in Alaska:
- LSAT Prep Course, Testmasters, Anchorage
- LSAT Prep Classes, Princeton Review, online
- LSAT Self-Study Guide, PowerScore
- 7-Month LSAT Study Guide, online
There are three main areas on the LSAT that you will be tested on:
- Reading Comprehension – Read long, complex passages and answer multiple-choice questions based upon your comprehension and understanding of those passages.
- Analytical Reasoning – Read statements, draw conclusions and make deductions from those statements.
- Logical Reasoning – Read materials and critically evaluate them to answer questions.
Applications to take the LSAT can be made online by the LSAC, which runs the test. On Saturdays and Mondays in July, September, November, and January are when the LSAT is given to people who want to get a job as an engineer.
You should plan ahead when you choose a testing center because not all of them offer the LSAT on the same day. In Alaska, there are places like:
- University of Alaska-Anchorage, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508
- University of Alaska-Fairbanks, 505 South Chandalar Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99775
- University of Alaska-Southeast, 11066 Auke Lake Way, Juneau, AK 99801
It costs $190 to take the LSAT. You must pay this fee to the LSAC before you can take the test (auxiliary fees may be added for incidentals such as changing test centers or dates). Fees can be paid with a credit card when you pay them online.
Receiving Your Score
By email about three weeks after taking the LSAT, you will get your score In the LSAT, you can get a score as low as 120 and as high as 180. If you get a score of less than 145, your chances of getting into an ABA-approved law school are slim.
If you don’t like how you did on the LSAT, you can take it again. However, you can’t take the LSAT more than three times in two years, even if you cancel your exam score after the test and the Law School Admission Council doesn’t know about it (LSAC).
Exceptions can be made if they are asked for in writing. It’s better if you attach your request in an email or send it to 215-504-1420 by mail. To find out whether or not your request to take the test again has been approved or not, you’ll get an email from the LSAC.
Step 3: Go to Law School in Alaska
As soon as you pass the LSAT, you’re ready to start applying to law schools! There are no law schools in Alaska that are approved by the ABA or the AALS.
To apply to law schools in nearby states that are approved, though, you should do that as well Check out this list of things that all ABA-approved law schools across the country need to do to get into their programs. An ABA-approved law school list can be found here.
Credential Assembly Service
When you apply to a law school that is approved by the ABA, you must use the LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service. Use these tips to make the most of this important service:
- Transcripts: To get into law school, you need to send official transcripts from every college or university in the United States that you’ve ever been to. You can use the Transcript Request Forms that the Credential Assembly Service has made. The LSAC needs transcripts from every school you went to and got credit from, even if you didn’t get a degree, diploma, or certificate. If you went to a school outside of the United States, tell the LSAC so they can get these as well.
- Letters of Recommendation and Online Evaluation Services: Give the LSAC the names of people who have agreed to write you a letter of recommendation and give you an online review. Print out forms from the LSAC and give them to your letter writers. They must send these forms along with their recommendation letters to the LSAC. An online service called the LSAC will help you send requests to your reviewers to do online evaluations of your character and job. They will help you do this.
- Fee: The LSAC charges $195 to use its Credential Assembly Service, but you can get it for free. Your LSAC account can help you pay this fee. It includes things like summarising your transcript, writing a law school report, getting letters of recommendation and online evaluations, and applying to the ABA-approved law schools you choose.
A law school that is approved by the American Bar Association or the American Law School Association must be approved by the Alaska Bar Association.
200 law schools in the United States are ABA-accredited, and they’re on this list. The schools that have been approved by the AALS can be found in this list.
ABA-Accredited Law Schools in Alaska
- There are currently no ABA-accredited law schools in Alaska.
AALS-Accredited Law Schools in Alaska
- There are currently no AALS-accredited law schools in Alaska.
In order for a law school to meet ABA Standards 302-303, it must cover these topics:
- Substantive law
- Procedural law
- Legal analysis and reasoning
- Legal research
- Problem solving
- Oral communication
- Legal writing/written communication
- Professional responsibility
- Other necessary professional skills
- Experiential courses
- Law clinics/field placements
- Opportunities for pro bono legal work for students
At least 130 days must be spent in law school each year. The ABA also says that each year must last at least eight months. As a rule, you must complete 58,000 minutes of instruction time, which is about 83 semester hours of credit or 129 quarter hours of credit.
People who want to get a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an approved law school must be there for at least 24 months. It can’t take more than 84 months to get the degree, though.
Members of the AALS A law school must have a rigorous, broad, and deep curriculum; academic freedom; scholarship; recognition of different viewpoints; different methods of teaching; and courses from a wide range of fields to be approved by the law school’s board.
Law school degrees are required for anyone who wants to become a lawyer in Alaska. All applicants for the bar must have a J.D. (Juris Doctor) or an L.L.B. (Bachelor of Laws, the foreign equivalent of a J.D. degree).
Online Law Degrees
- View Online and Campus Law and Legal Studies Programs
- (For students who choose to focus on a subset of law other than an attorney.)
Step 4: Take the Alaskan State Bar Exam
At least 18 years old and with a JD or LLB degree, you must be able to apply to take the Alaska Bar Exam and be able to take test. The exam is given over three days in February and July each year, in the cities of Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau, and in other cities.
Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)
You also need to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam to get a job (MPRE). You must score at least 80 out of 100 on the MPRE. As a law school student, before taking the bar exam, or after taking the bar exam, you can take the MPRE.
Bar rules say you can do this. It is given three times a year: March, August, and November. Then, when you register for the test online, you can choose your test center.
Graduates of Non-ABA Law Schools
In Alaska, you may be able to become a lawyer even if you went to a law school that isn’t approved by the ABA. If you passed the bar exam in another state and have been a member of that state’s bar for at least five years, you can take the Alaska bar exam without having to get any more legal education.
Foreign Law School Graduates
If you graduated from a law school outside of the United States, you must show the Alaska Bar that your school meets the standards set by the American Bar Association (ABA).
The Alaska Bar Association does not recommend any company to help people study for the bar exam. List of Alaska bar review courses on their site:
- BarBri Bar Review of Alaska, 3513 NE 45th, Suite 3E, Seattle, WA 98105. (888) 322-7274 (AK or ext. 25)
- Reed’s Multistate Bar Review, Inc, 414 N. Orleans Street, Suite 603, Chicago, IL 60610
It’s free to get study materials from the National Conference of Bar Examiners if you want to get ready for two national parts of the Alaska bar exam, which are the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).
The Uniform Bar Exam is given over two days in February and July.
You will spend three hours on the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). These questions give you a File and a Library and require you to complete a task described in a memorandum.
The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) consists of two sessions of three hours and 100 multiple-choice questions each. The Alaska bar does not allow you to transfer MBE scores from other jurisdictions or from prior MBE exams you may have taken.
The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) consists of six 30-minute essay questions.
Subjects covered in the MEE include:
- Business Associations (Agency and Partnerships; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies)
- Civil Procedure
- Conflict of Laws
- Constitutional Law
- Contracts and Sales (including article 2 [Sales] of the Uniform Commercial Code)
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Family Law
- Real Property
- Trusts and Estates (Decedents’ Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
Uniform Commercial Code (Secured Transactions – UCC Article 9)
In order to join the Alaska State Bar, you need to fill out an application. This application must be filled out in full, typed, and signed. In order for the Alaska Bar Association to do a character report, you need to print, sign, and have the form notarized.
This gives the Alaska Bar Association permission to do this. You will be shown how to fill out a fingerprint card.
It’s important to send in the $800 fee for your application to become a lawyer with your application. Fees can be paid online.
You will be told at least 10 days before the bar exam if your application has been approved or not.
As a rule, you must get at least two scores of 280 or above to pass the Alaska Bar Exam. It usually takes about 90 days after you take the bar exam for the results to be made public.
For the February 2018 Alaska bar exam, 62% of people who took it passed. In the first time, 75% of people who took the test passed. A total of 39 people took the test, and 24 of them passed.
Twenty-four people took the test for the first time, and 18 of them passed. People who have died can be found here.
Admission by Reciprocity
It’s possible to join the Alaska bar if you are a member of the state bar in good standing in some places. You don’t have to pass the bar exam to join. You still need to score at least 80 on the MPRE, though. Alaska has reciprocity with a lot of other places. This is a list of those places.
Licensing and Admission to the Bar
If you pass the bar exam and meet all other requirements, you must apply for admission to the Bar within 60 days.
You must also read and understand the Alaska Rules of Professional Conduct and sign an affidavit with the Alaska Bar Association that you have done so. Swearing-in ceremonies are held about three weeks after the exam results are out.
Step 5: Now that You’ve Been Admitted to the Bar
Thank you for becoming a licensed lawyer in Alaska and a member of the Bar! In a state as big as Alaska, there are a lot of chances for lawyers to work.
You may decide to start your own business and work on your own. People who start a new law practice may find the article “Marketing a Startup Solo Practice” useful. It can help you get the word out about your business.
In Alaska, there are a lot of law firms that might be looking for new lawyers at any time, like DeLisio, Moran, Geraghty & Zobel, P.C. in Anchorage and Robinson Law Office, P.C. in Palmer.
They include Doyon Limited, The Aleut Corporation, Koniag Inc. in Kodiak, Midnight Sun Brewing in Anchorage, and TDX Company on Saint Paul Island, which might need help with legal things.
Requirements for maintaining a license
In order to keep your legal license in Alaska, you must meet Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) requirements, which are set by the Alaska Bar. This means that each year, you have to take three hours of ethics classes.
You should try to get nine more VCLE (Voluntary Continuing Legal Education) credits each year, but this isn’t a must. You must tell the Bar each year how many hours of ethics class you take.
Court Systems in Alaska
Alaska’s judicial system is unique because it is unified, run by the state, and completely funded by the state. There aren’t any separate courts at the city level. Four courts are found in the Alaska Court System:
- Supreme Court – the highest court in the state, hears appeals from lower courts and administers the entire judicial system for the state
- Court of Appeals – three judges who hear appeals in cases involving post-conviction relief, criminal prosecutions, juvenile delinquency, habeas corpus, extradition, probation and parole, the excessiveness or leniency of a sentence, and bail.
- Superior Court – the trial court of general jurisdiction in Alaska. There are 40 Superior Court judges throughout Alaska’s four judicial districts. This court hears criminal and civil cases; serves as an appellate court for civil and criminal cases which have been tried in the district court; and hears cases involving: juvenile delinquency or children in need of aid, property of deceased or incompetent people, involuntary commitments, domestic relations, guardianships and conservatorships.
- District Court- the trial court of limited jurisdiction, consists of 21 district court judges serving in three judicial districts. They hear cases involving small claims, misdemeanors, preliminary hearings, civil cases, domestic violence, extradition, perform marriage and notary duties, and more.
There are four judicial districts across Alaska, as follows:
- First District: Angoon, Craig, Haines, Hoonah, Juneau, Kake, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Sitka, Skagway, Wrangell, Yakutat
- Second District: Barrow, Kotzebue, Nome, Unalakleet
- Third District: Anchorage, Cordova, Dillingham, Glennallen, Homer, Kenai, Kodiak, Naknek, Palmer, Seward, Unalaska, Valdez
- Fourth District: Aniak, Bethel, Chevak, Delta Junction, Emmonak, Fairbanks, Fort Yukon, Galena, Nenana, Saint Marys, Tok
Elective membership organizations
Think about joining one of the many professional voluntary organisations for lawyers in Alaska, like:
- Anchorage Bar Association
- Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Alaska Association for Justice
- Alaska Academy of Trial Lawyers